Present plans call for converting local municipal waste as well as agricultural waste products such as sugar beet pulp into electricity, as well as biodiesel or other environmentally products, such as animal feed, according to developer
Officials from Vortex Energy Systems, the
"The plant will demonstrate how we can eliminate undesirable waste products, clean contaminated water, produce algae byproducts, such as animal feed or bio-diesel, produce power economically and with a negative carbon foot print," Comstock said. "The unique thing about this is that will be operating with a closed-loop system. There won't be any towers, scrubbers, or anything like that. That means no emissions will come out."
While local officials are anxious to learn more about the project, some are skeptical, at least in part because details have been sketchy.
"My personal opinion is that if it's set up properly, it's a good deal for the whole area," said retired Mayor
"I looked it as a win-win deal all the way around," he said last week. "The city didn't have a penny invested in it. The city is in a position to benefit."
"I think we could certainly look at this process," he said, "but we can't buy from Vortex."
Comstock said power purchase agreements can be negotiated, that it's possible for the cities to buy out such contracts, and that he is looking forward to sharing more details at Wednesday's meeting.
The developer said he has spent most of the past two years arranging financing, which he said now is in place.
"I made sure
Comstock said the company would provide
He said the plant could be up and running within two years of signing a contract.
Comstock said such plants could be built throughout the state, adding that if
"This is something that's huge for the state of
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